Techstars Startup Weekend was held for the fifth time in Oulu March 16th–18th 2018. During the weekend, the participants pitched their raw business ideas and the best ones were chosen for further development in teams. Teams clarified the problem they were fixing, validated their solution for the problem and pitched their product or service for the other participants along the journey. On Sunday, teams gave their final pitches and showed what they were able to put together during the intensive weekend. Participants received training in group working, validating and pitching, and there was a group of experienced mentors guiding the process.
The jury chose Pick and Drop as the best concept of this Startup Weekend. Pick and Drop connects people who need an item transported with people who are going to drive that route. Their example case was a student, who wants to buy a chair from Ikea, but does not want to drive all the way only for that one chair. Then someone else, who is going to go to Ikea anyway, can bring the chair to the student and at the same time earn some money.
OiO was chosen for the second place and won an opportunity to improve their idea further in Kielo Growth program. Their app increases the motivation of the user by giving rewarding tasks and helping them to work efficiently. The third best team was Strawberry Moi! with an app guiding people how to grow their plants in the most efficient possible way.
All three teams won an opportunity to take part in Avanto Accelerator program and a gift card to VR Heaven. Ultrahack also awarded Memento VR with access to the next Ultrahack event in Helsinki. Memento VR offers people virtual reality experiences: for example an opportunity to go to a museum or see northern lights without actually going there.
Next Startup Weekend will be held in September with another chance to learn necessary skills in working life and to get to see all the highs and lows of a startup entrepreneur from deep desperation to the sweet glory of victory.